Which Tes Institute course is right for you?

So, you’ve decided to become a teacher. But what are the next steps? Tes Institute can help you gain the qualification you need to get started. Find out more about our different routes.

Tes Institute Team

Maze To Show There Are Many Ways To Become A Teacher

At Tes Institute, we offer a unique range of training programmes to help you take the first step on your journey to becoming a qualified teacher. Our courses provide the very best of both digital and blended learning and have helped qualify over 3,000 teachers.

Now it's your turn! 

Take a look at the different routes into teaching and range of programmes we provide to help you progress in your teaching journey.

First things first – do you have the right qualifications?

Regardless of the route you take into teaching, you'll need to make sure you have the right qualifications to become a teacherThere are some standard requirements, set by the DfE that you’ll have to meet in order to teach in a mainstream school in England. For example, you must have a degree and GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent in maths and English (science too if you want to teach at primary level).

There are three main teaching qualifications to choose from:

  • QTS - qualified teacher status 
  • PGCE - postgraduate certificate in education 
  • EYTS - early years teacher status

Find out more about the teaching qualifications.


Find the Tes Institute course that's right for you

To find out which of our programmes is right for you, choose the option below that best describes your current career stage.

1. I want to change careers and become a teacher

If you're looking to change your career and become a teacher – you’re not alone! Plenty of people change careers and make the move into teaching. Before you take the plunge, there are a couple of things to consider. 

Get some experience in the classroom

It would be useful to undertake some voluntary teaching experience before making your career switch. This will not only give you a better understanding of life in the classroom  and confirm that you do indeed want to become a teacher  it will also strengthen your application.

Consider how strong your subject knowledge is

If your degree subject is not specifically related to your chosen subject, or it's been over five years since you studied for your degree in your chosen initial teaching training (ITT) subject, it would be advisable to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course.

If you're completing an SKE course while working in your current role, you may wish to consider one that offers the most flexibility to fit around your commitments, such as Tes Institute’s online SKE programmes that are available in a range of subjects and length options.


Find out more about our Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses.


2. I have just graduated and what to become a teacher

If you’ve just graduated from university and would like to become a teacher then an ITT programme would be the best route into teaching for you.

Tes Institute is a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider working in partnership with a number of schools in Essex, Greater London and Kent to deliver School Direct initial teacher training. We also offer a Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship and this operates nationally.

Both school-led routes are designed for high-quality candidates who will be based in-school, rather than college or university, and given day release for theoretical study.

School Direct can be salaried for a limited number or trainees or a School Direct bursary is available for eligible applicants in shortage subjects.

Our Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship can be funded through the government’s apprenticeship service which means that if your school pays the apprenticeship levy your tuition fees can be paid for from their apprenticeship account. If you school doesn't pay the levy then your school will be asked to contribute 5% of your tuition fee which is £450 per apprentice.


Find out more about School Direct.

Find out more about our Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship.


As you already have a degree, both routes will focus on developing your teaching skills, but if your degree isn’t directly related to the subject area (for example, you have an engineering degree but want to teach physics) you should consider undertaking a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course to build your knowledge and confidence before beginning your ITT programme. The Department for Education are currently funding 10 SKE subjects for eligible trainees.

3. I am a teaching assistant and want to gain QTS

Our Straight to Teaching programme is ideal for those who are already working in a school as a teaching assistant, HLTA or unqualified teacher and are looking to gain QTS. Even though you’re already working in a school, gaining QTS can be both personally and financially rewarding!

Straight to Teaching allows you to qualify while you remain working in your school. It provides you with structured development that will prepare you to meet the Teachers’ Standards before you are assessed for QTS through our Assessment Only route.

The length of the programme will depend on your existing experience and can range from one to five terms. To be eligible for the programme, you must already be employed in a school that is willing to provide you with their full support, including an in-school mentor. 


Find out more abour our Straight to Teaching programme.


Assessment Only route

If you have a degree, significant teaching experience and can demonstrate that you already meet the English Teachers’ Standards, then our twelve-week, Assessment Only route allows you to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) without any further preparation. 


Find out more about our Assessment Only route.


Further information

There are many routes and ways to become a teacher. Most people considering a teaching career will fall into one of the above categories; however, the Department for Education also has a numbers of useful pages.

If you have any questions or want to talk to us about your options just contact the Tes Institute team and we’ll be more than happy to help.